The promotion is well-deserved for Dutcher, who has been with Fisher for all but one season since 1988.
San Diego State head basketball coach Steve Fisher has retired, according to the San Diego Union Tribune.
The Aztecs did not reach the NCAA Tournament in March and finished 19-14, ending a streak of 11 consecutive 20-win seasons. That includes 1989, when he was appointed interim head coach before the NCAA Tournament and MI won the National Championship.
Two years later, Fisher was credited with assembling one of the best recruiting classes off all time - Michigan's "Fab Five" group of Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Ray Jackson, Jimmy King and Juwan Howard.
"To me, it's like I'm the head coach and I haven't lost my main asset", said Dutcher, whose father, Jim, was head coach at Minnesota from 1975-86. Frieder said. "I'm shocked that he did what he did".
Fisher finishes with a 571-290 career record, six conference titles, 15 NCAA appearances, three Final Fours and the title with the Fab Five.
After the Fab Five arrived, the Wolverines made two more appearances in the title game and Fisher was later fired in 1997 because of the program's involvement with booster Ed Martin and MI then vacated its 1992 and 1993 Final Four appearances.
Fisher also collected several accolades as head coach of the Aztecs, including four Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year awards, Naismith College Coach of the Year in 2011 and NABC Coach of the Year in 2011. They had played in the NCAA Tournament only three times. Fisher's son, Mark, is expected to remain with the program. He has formally held the title "head coach in waiting" since the 2011 season.
Steve Fisher leaves an incredible legacy at San Diego State, including a basketball court that was named for him, and is the person most responsible for making the program what it is today. "They say the toughest length to travel in basketball is the 18 inches from the assistant coaches chair to the head coaching chair". And most importantly its a culture of winning basketball..
Forward Malik Pope said it was nothing but excitement playing for Fisher. Thats why I was like, I have no choice.